Penang – A Heritage Walk

Penang, an island state in Malaysia. I’ve been to this place for twice before this (if I remembered correctly). Once when I was still very young, barely remember anything about it; once when I was around teens, attending my cousin’s wedding. Some how, I never had any find memories about this place. In fact, during my last visit, the locals I met, the places I went, pissed me off until I started to hate this place. Fast forward to December 2014, I decided to take a leap of faith (sounds too serious, right?) and travel to this place again. This time is to attend the wedding of my university’s course mate. But other than that, I also took the opportunity to walk around and explore more of this island, hoping that I can have a better experience this time.
The first day, together with some of my old mates from university, we went to the Asia Camera Museum. It’s a small and cozy museum that host a collection of camera history and related items. Other than getting to know about the history of camera and photography, you also get a chance to put your hands on some of the vintage cameras. After the visit, we moved on to enjoy some local streets delight and exploring the Penang’s mural before heading back to hotel and call it a day.

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The next day, I head out to the streets again with my secondary school mate who is working here. After having a quick breakfast, we head on to explore the “Occupy Beach Street” event. Streets are temporary closed on this Sunday morning to allow people to carry out social activities, setup stalls for small business and son on. There’re a lot of things going on every corner.  Clown performance, street performance, food stalls and family activities to name a few. It’s a very lively Sunday morning indeed.
Next, we head to some old heritage site to explore some of the cultural, traditional and historical side of Penang. We visited some old buildings, temples and etc. and get to know a little bit about the past history of this small island.
To wrap up the day, we head to view the dragon boat racing competition. Other than local teams, there were teams from Singapore as well joining the competition.
So, after so many years, do I started to like this island a little more? Well, perhaps… I would say I hate it less than I was before this. There are still things that annoys me here and there during my stay, but all in all, I do get a much better experience traveling to Penang this time round. Will I head back to this island again? Well, maybe. And hopefully as time goes by, I will get to appreciate this island more.
All shots taken with Fujifilm X-T1 and Fujinon XF23mm F1.4 R. Full album on Flickr can be viewed here.

The Distinguished Gentlemen’s Ride 2014

IMG_0315 September 29th, 2014. For most, it’s just another lazy Sunday. For some, it’s a very special day. A day special enough to have them all suit up and hit the road on their ride in the Sunday afternoon. Today marks the day for “The Distinguished Gentlemen’s Ride” for the year 2014 in Singapore. The Distinguished Gentleman’s Ride is an international event for Classics, café racers, bobbers, trackers, customs, modern classics, classic scooters & undefinable 2/3 wheeled machines, with 258 rides across 57 countries, aiming to raise money for helping to find a cure for Prostate Cancer. Click here to find out more about this charity event: IMG_0307 This was the first time I heard about this event. In fact, if I’m not invited by my fellow friend Ivan Joshua Loh, I would have missed such a great opportunity to meet up with such a crowd of people full of energy, character and passion. Ivan was planning to shoot for this charity event, and being a X-Photographer in Singapore, he invited the members from the Fujifilm camera shooters club to join in to have some fun. I’m honoured to meet up with him up close and personal, and shooting together with him. It was indeed a fantastic afternoon, and a memorable one. IMG_0320IMG_0328 At around 2.30pm, riders began to gather themselves at the MotorWerks. I met up with Ivan, together with Joel, Mike, and Goush from the club, and we started shooting around for stills and videos while the riders continue to flood the area. All the gentlemen and gentle”woman” were all dressed up nicely to suit the theme. Everyone gathered around while having a quick chat and catching up with the rest. IMG_0322 IMG_0353   Meanwhile, Ivan and Joel were all busy taking portraits of the riders… IMG_0346 IMG_0345 I was trying to snap a few shots of people, but in the end I gave up. I’m just not those guys who are comfortable enough to walk into someone’s face and take a shot. So instead of shooting people, I started to shoot bikes which will stay still and let me do whatever I want… IMG_0319 IMG_0314 IMG_0323 Around 4pm, the flag off paved way for over 300 riders to hit the road and start the journey. IMG_0358 IMG_0360 IMG_0359 The first pit stop was at Fort Canning, followed by the second pit stop at the Singapore Flyer. For each pit stop, riders stopped for a short 30 minutes break, show casing their bikes to the public and enjoying the moments of their journey. IMG_0303 IMG_0309 IMG_0305 After some selfies and group pictures taken, the riders continued their ride to the final stop at Zouk. It’s a pity that I was unable to follow the journey all the way until the end, but I have enjoyed every single moments of the event. Special thanks to Ivan for the invitation, and special thanks to MotorWerks for allowing us to join in the fun and shooting for the event. IMG_0352 IMG_0369 IMG_0306 The fun event did brought back some of my memories of the old days when I was riding with my fellow course mates in the university. The sense of in control, riding the wind, going wherever you want to go… it all just struck me again. I missed those days. Anyway, for those who can’t joined in the fun, you still can contribute to the fund raising campaign by donating through their website directly. Till then, hope to be able to meet up with all the Fujifilm shooters again soon for other event. IMG_0317 Full Flickr Set can be viewed here. All shots were taken with Fujifilm X-T1, with Fujinon XF23mm F1.4R or Carl Zeiss Touit 32mm f1.8, and processed with VSCO Camera app for iPhone.